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    Full-time Position
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    Software & Information Technology
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    • Date Posted
      November 30,2021
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    Researcher in Social Educational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence at the Donders Center for Cognition (0.6 - 1.0 FTE)

    Researcher in Social Educational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence at the Donders Center for Cognition

    • Employment: 0.6 - 1.0 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 2,836 - € 5,211
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Required background: Research University Degree
    • Application deadline: 15 December 2021

    We live in a digital society in which every aspect of our lives is profoundly affected by the digitalisation of data. It affects how we communicate and socialise, and how we work, learn, stay healthy and participate in politics and the economy. In the Digital Society programme, leading researchers from the fourteen universities in the Netherlands are working together to address the many pressing questions raised by the emergence of a digital society. Within the context of this programme, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University concentrates on the topic of learning and education.

    We are looking for a researcher at the PhD or postdoctoral level to join a multidisciplinary team of AI and cognitive scientists at the Donders Institute embedded in the Social Educational Neuroscience & AI research group. The project will benefit society, for example through products of spin-off companies to foster learning based on scientific knowledge about cognition and AI relating to underlying learning principles. The project has close links with the Living Lab's Learning for the Future programme in which multiple stakeholders from society and knowledge institutes aim to facilitate lifelong learning in terms of personal development and creating innovative learning contexts.

    You will be responsible for managing and supervising projects where industry and academia are brought together. You will work together with other members of the Donders departments of AI and Cognitive Psychology, but you will also have a personal responsibility for daily operations in the lab and be the main contact for all stakeholders involved (companies and organisations).


    • You have a Master's or PhD degree in AI, cognitive science, or a related field, and hands-on experience in machine learning / computational modelling of large data sets.
    • You are a researcher with a broad interest in societal impact within the domain of learning and education.
    • You are fluent in written and spoken English and preferably also proficient in Dutch.
    • Because of the interdisciplinary and rich setting of the Living Lab, you should have a collaborative attitude and a proven ability to work in a team.

    We are

    The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and decision-making, 3. Development and lifelong plasticity, 4. Natural Computing & neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as 'excellent' and 'a very stimulating environment for top researchers and young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.
    Radboud University
    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 0.6 - 1.0 FTE.
    • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 (scale 10) and a maximum of €5,211 (scale 11) based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10 or 11).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • It concerns a temporary employment for two years with the possibility of extension.
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
    Additional employment conditions
    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Harold Bekkering at Alternatively, you can contact Dorien Wellen, Manager Strategic Relations at

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 15 December 2021, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Harold Bekkering. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    The first round of interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 December. The second round of interviews will follow as soon as possible thereafter. You will preferably begin employment on 1 March 2022. As part of the selection procedure you will be requested to participate in an assessment.

    The Donders Institute values a diverse workforce. Female candidates and candidates with a non-Dutch cultural background are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

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